It was reported recently that Dave Bautista was displeased with the firing by Disney of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. Gunn had made distasteful jokes online years ago that were unearthed, prompting Disney to end their working relationship. Bautista has now gone so far as to say if Disney doesn’t use Gunn’s script for the GOTG 3 movie then he’s going to ask to be released from his contract.
Here’s what Bautista said in a interview with Shortlist:
“Nobody’s defending his tweets, but this was a smear campaign on a good man. I spoke to Chris Pratt the day after it happened and he’s a bit religious so he wanted time to pray and figure it out, but I was more like: f*ck this. This is bullshit. James is one of the kindest, most decent people I’ve met … Where I’m at right now is that if [Marvel] doesn’t use that script, then I’m going to ask them to release me from my contract, cut me out or recast me … I’d be doing James a disservice if I didn’t.”
The smear campaign Bautista is referring to is the online backlash from people who didn’t appreciate Gunn’s pedophile and rape-related humor. In the wake of someone like Roseanne Barr’s recent outing from her hit TV series for making a racist joke online, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Gunn has faced the fate he has as well. But Bautista evidently has tender personal feelings for Gunn, who, as the director behind Bautista’s GOTG character Drax, was an influential force behind Bautista’s surge as a star on the silver screen.